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A Charlie Brown Christmas

Updated on November 30, 2013

I look forward to seeing A Charlie Brown Christmas every year and if I miss it I’m not a happy camper. In my opinion it is the sweetest and most real of all the TV Christmas specials. Charles Shulz just had such a way of capturing the wonder and essence of childhood.

I am not a religious person but I appreciate the traditions of Christmas. Many of our traditions in the West are relatively new and came from Germany and other parts of Europe. The idea of the Christmas dinner and the tree was not around before the Victorian era in England. I haven’t done enough research to know what the celebrations were like before that. I enjoy the Christmas specials and many of the religious songs. When I was a child I looked forward to going to church on Christmas just to have the chance to sing these great songs.

A Charlie Brown Christmas is a 30 minute Peanuts cartoon; it first aired in 1965 on CBS in the US and now airs yearly on ABC.

This is the opening two minutes of A Charlie Brown Christmas.  It starts with Charlie Brown telling Linus that Christmas depresses him. “Of all the Charlie Brown’s in the world, you are the Charlie Browniest.”

The children, and Snoopy, are excited about Christmas and let the music take them away.  I find I notice and concentrate on a different character every time I see it. This really captures the excitement and jubilation children feel close to Christmastime.

Linus explains to Charlie Brown and the other children what Christmas is really all about.  This speech never fails to touch me. I’m sure it’s the simplicity of the young boy’s voice and the fact that Linus is my favourite Peanuts character.

In her never ending flirting with Schroeder, Lucy asks him to play Jingle Bells; “You know.The one about Santa Claus and ho ho ho and mistletoe and presents to pretty girls?”. This is one of my favourite parts of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Charlie Brown takes his little tree that everyone laughed at back home and tries to decorate it.  When he sees Snoopy’s doghouse won 1st prize in a decorating contest he gets frustrated about how commercial Christmas has become. He gives up in exasperation after he thinks he killed the tree after hanging a bulb on it but the other children come along and finish decorating it.

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If you have never seen A Charlie Brown Christmas you owe it to yourself and your children to either watch it on TV or buy a copy. It will become a Christmas tradition in your home.


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    Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

    Best. Soundtrack. Ever. I love Charlie Brown Christmas!

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    Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

    Fantastic tribute to one great christmas movie! I love Charlie and the gang and this movie is a must see by everyone.

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    Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    this is one of my favorites and, even with DVR, I missed it this year!

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    Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

    Hey UW, I always enjoyed A Charlie Brown Christmas. It was one of my favorites when I was younger. I'm not too much into watching TV anymore, but since reading your hub, I think will download it, just for the fun of watching. Great Hub! :)

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    Love it. No matter what time of year, it makes us smile.

    Would like to link this hub to mine on John Rutter's Christmas music. :) Please let me know if you have any objection. Thanks.

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    Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

    I love this movie, too. It makes me laugh and just gives me such a warm feeling when I watch it. Thanks for a great reminder of this wonderful classic!

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    Susan Mills 6 years ago from Indiana

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is my second favorite. It's awesome for sure, but I've found it was never quite as meaningful to me as "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". It's fun to watch the two back to back.

    Charles Shultz is a genius. This stuff never gets old!

    Thanks for reminding me of a great favorite.

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    Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

    A Charlie Brown Christmas is also my favorite Christmas special, animated or otherwise. I have watched it without fail since it was broadcast in 1965. It always touches my heart.

    Happy holidays.


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    Susan Keeping 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    And...I still haven't seen it yet and it's December 23rd...

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    Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I love A Charlie Brown Christmas. Every year my daughters and I would make it a point to watch it together. Now they have their own family that they watch it with. To me it isn't Christmas without Charlie Brown.

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    mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

    I, too, am a "Peanuts" fan. Thank you for reminding me. Merry Christmas!

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    Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    We watched this every year as kids. I love the speech at the end that heralds the true meaning of Christmas!

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    Baileestar101 6 years ago from St. Joseph, Michigan

    I love the Charlie Brown Christmas Dance video because i've heard that song many times and I'm really familiar with that song. I could honestly watch it over and over again!!!

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    Dallas W Thompson 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    The special time of the year to share with loved ones...

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    Buziux 6 years ago

    Verry nice :) I love this videos!

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    Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Love Charlie Brown - especially Linus's speech. Great hub!

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    katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

    What a beautiful reminder of good times at the holidays. Charlie Brown spells Christmas for me. I love this hub and will def be sharing it on facebook and twitter. Well done! Happy Holidays :) Katie

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    chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

    Great reminder of childhood enjoyments. Charlie Brown travelled to my neck of the woods through the comic. We loved it and can now, as adults, enjoy the animations. Thanks.

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    Susan Keeping 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for the comments, I was in a crappy mood when I came home so I wrote this to cheer myself up :)

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    Roberta Kyle 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

    This is delightful-- I too am a Charlie Brown fan:-)

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    suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

    I love Charlie Brown and I try to catch it every year. Thanks for this cheerful Christmas Hub.